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   Posted 9/28/2009 11:02 AM (GMT -7)   
I've been thinking about buying some Ensure shakes since I haven't been able to eat much lately (nausea). I read that they have 250 calories each, and are lactose free and low-residue. So it seems like it would be a good thing to try since Im losing both weight and energy. Just wondering if anyone has tried them and what they think. Like, are they a good energy boost? Are they gross? (that wouldn't sit well with the nausea) Is there something else you prefer?
Any opinions are greatly appreciated, thanks!

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   Posted 9/28/2009 11:17 AM (GMT -7)   
I haven't tried them, but there are predigested liquid meals. Princesa has posted about them before. I think they'd be better than ensure because ensure is really, really sweet. Overly sweet things make me fell icky even when I'm well.
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   Posted 9/28/2009 11:20 AM (GMT -7)   
LOVE IT, love it, love it.... love Ensure. The new dark chocolate flavor is so good. I buy 'em all the time- whenever I feel yukky, I drink those & they never upset my stomach, never give me bathroom issues. Anytime I just need a break from eating, I'm all about Ensure. I used to buy the high-protein ones when I had to put weight on. Vanilla is no so good- any of the chocolate flavors rock!

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   Posted 9/28/2009 11:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you!! I'll buy just a few to make sure they aren't too sweet for me, but honestly, Eva Lou, that is EXACTLY the answer I was looking for! Hopefully I will feel the same way about them. Right now I just need SOMETHING, you know?
Thanks again!
PS. I'll have to look up the posts on predigested meals, if only because I am fascinated that there is such a thing. Of course it sounds gross at first glance, but Im sure there's more to it. Haha.

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   Posted 9/28/2009 2:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I prefer the EAS AdvantEDGE shakes because they are low carb. They taste good. One 10 oz provides about 25% of most MDRs, so they are not vitamin-packed but OK.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985. 
Asacol maintenance for 20+ years; 
Prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
Food sensitivity test by Naturopath showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances, helped some. 
Remicade started April 2009 (Humira denied) and doing great~ learning what normal is~ wow

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   Posted 9/28/2009 5:34 PM (GMT -7)   
My daughter lived on them for awhile. We bought the Chocolate with extra protein. She liked them alot. The generic stuff was icky, and Ensure won over Boost.
Daughter, 16 diagnosed 1-08 w/ UC .
Previous drug sampling: Asacol, Cortifoam enemas, Rowasa,Prevacid, Flagyl, Prednisone- 50 mg to 0, 4 major flares '08-09.Hospital 4 x.
Trying probiotics, Niferex, fish oil, Magnesium, Acupuncture.
Remicade 10mg per kilo@ 8wks, since 10-08. Still on 6mp and Colazal W/ Remi. Remission. 4-09....

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   Posted 9/28/2009 6:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I love the strawberry flavored ones! They definitely work when I am nauseous.
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   Posted 9/28/2009 9:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey broken_pipes. I'm a 24 year old guy with UC. I drink the cheap version of the ensure. The brand is "equate" and I think they're called "nutritional shakes." They're in the pharmacy type section at most places, right next to the ensure. They have a 250 calorie and a 350 calorie version. The 250 calorie one costs $6 bucks for a six-pack at walmart, and the 350 calorie six-pack costs $7. ---Is it okay to list that on here? I'm fairly new on here and have no real motivation to advertise for wal-mart... it's just where I shop sometimes. Just wanted to give the original poster an idea of the price.---

Anyways... I'm not flaring bad, but they're so easy to fit into a diet that I still add them here and there. They are easy on my colon and do give me energy. I drink the vanilla kind and like it. However, a lot of people don't. Definitely try them out though. When I flare badly I definitely use them to ease up on my insides while I try to recover.

If you have any other questions about them, I might be able to answer them for you... I have some in my fridge, and several packs in my cabinets to look at if need be.

Good Luck!


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Medicines: 6mp 50-75mg/day, pentasa 250mg pills 4 x 4 a day.

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   Posted 9/28/2009 9:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh... I should add that I've started working with a dietitian and she thought it was good that I use these ensure type drinks.
Left sided UC since 2003, moderate in severity
Current Meds: 6mp 50-75mg/day, Pentasa 250mg 4x4/day
Pearl probiotic in the morning

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   Posted 9/29/2009 4:23 AM (GMT -7)   
I used ensure for a short while, when I was flaring badly and couldn't eat much when traveling. I liked the strawberry and vanilla flavors. I used to dilute the drinks with water as they're very sweet. However, I don't think it's a good idea to use ensure regularly because it's got a high sugar content and lots of artificial flavors and additives (such as carrageenan).
Rio, 33 year old male. Diagnosed with UC in 2006
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   Posted 9/29/2009 5:20 AM (GMT -7)   
I used Ensure for a while to try to gain weight. I was flaring pretty bad at the time. They made me feel ok (didn't make me nauseas at all) and then I started to have an increase of D and that is when I found out (here on HW) that they contained carrageenan. I can't tolerate carrageenan and it increased my D for me. Just keep an eye out. If you notice an increase of symptoms this may be because of the high sugar and carrageenan.
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   Posted 9/29/2009 11:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone. I bought the Ensure Plus (350 calories) strawberry and dark chocolate. I've tried both and they are very easy to get down, though the strawberry is quite sweet. They taste alot like slimfast. Which is funny to me because I'm drinking them to NOT lose weight. hahaha. I will definitely be aware of any adverse effects from them but so far, so good. I felt alot less shaky last night after drinking one. The lack of appetite/nausea/weight loss has got my body feeling like it's starving! Yet I only get hungry once in a while, and usually even then eating doesn't go over too well. So as long as there are no bad effects (ie: D-as if I can handle any more of that!!), I think they will be a real savior for now. I just cant wait for this flare to be over and get back to my normal eating habits. Oh, and my life. I enjoy nothing at the moment.

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   Posted 9/29/2009 11:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I found the vanilla not to be as sweet as the chocolate. The strawberry is way too sweet for me. My youngest son, 16, really likes the milk chocolate flavor. The vitamins and minerals in the Ensure will also help you feel less depressed. My doctor has me drink 4 of them a day when I am on a liquids diet.
I am very sorry to hear how hard this flare has been for you. I am in the middle of a bad flare, was getting better and then relapsed Sat. to square one. The last sentence of your post captured how I felt Saturday. Let's be honest, being in the middle of a flare is depressing, painful and embarrassing. The good news is that is only temporary. We will get better and on the way we will start being able to once again do the things we like to do. Hang in there!
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